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Gordon LEBOLDUS

Gordon Michael LeBoldus, a highly respected physician and academic, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on October 24, 2023. Born on August 25, 1936, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gordon was the second child of the late Dr. Martin and Mary LeBoldus. He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage, and their children: Michael, Cathy, Susan, and Sarah. Additionally, he will be dearly remembered by his cherished grandchildren, Mary, Sarah, Kelly, Maggie, Jacob, Aaron, and Ava, as well as his siblings Noreen Leitner and Linda LeBoldus. Gordon’s brothers Ronald and Leonard preceded him in death. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

During his childhood in Regina, Gordon enjoyed spending summers at B-Say-Tah Point on Echo Lake, where he cultivated a love for competitive sports. It was at St. Joseph’s Hospital that Gordon met Margaret, a nurse, and they were united in marriage on June 11, 1960. The couple moved to London in 1965, where Gordon established his private medical practice.

In addition to his professional achievements, Gordon had many passions outside of medicine. He was an avid flyer, an exceptional golfer, and a fervent gardener. His family holds fond memories of skiing trips to Vermont and sunny vacations in Florida. Furthermore, Gordon took pleasure in growing his own herbs and vegetables and training his beloved yellow labs for dog trials. He was a member of the prestigious London Hunt Club for many years, relishing his role as chairman of the Greens’ Committee. With his interests in bird watching and spending quality time with family, Gordon found joy beyond the realms of his medical career.

Gordon’s dedication to medicine was unparalleled. He obtained his B.Sc., M.D., and F.R.C.S.(C) degrees and graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario in 1960. Following his internships at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, along with his postgraduate work at Westminster Hospital in London, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at UWO. Gordon served as a compassionate instructor and mentor in Otolaryngology, contributing significantly to the department for sixty years. He excelled in teaching, research, and patient care, providing unique one-on-one mentorship to residents, serving as chair of the Residents’ Research Day Committee, and examining for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In June 2020, after an illustrious career, Gordon retired from his practice.

To honor Gordon’s memory, donations can be made to the Dr. Martin and Mary LeBoldus Award for Promising Clinician at http://www.westernconnect.ca/leboldus. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 30, at Harris Funeral Home in London, ON. Gordon’s funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, October 31, at Holy Family Parish. For those unable to attend, the funeral will be streamed live on the Harris Funeral Home website.

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